Wednesday, April 21, 2004

To the ridiculous

President Bush's detractors are merely ridiculous. Now they're protesting his nominee for National Archivist, Allen Weinstein. Why? In part because Weinstein wrote a book in 1978 that concluded that Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy. But this actually proves Weinstein's ability as a researcher and historian because the release of the decoded Venona files in the early 1990s proved, without any doubt that Hiss actually was a Soviet spy (a fact not referenced in the AP article linked above) -- a fact deduced by Weinstein in his research without benefit of the Venona information (for some info on that, see here). Hiss maintained his innocence, thereby compounding his lies. Then again, famous British turncoat Kim Philby always said he wasn't a traitor to Great Britain because he always knew who he was working for.

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